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Discussing Smart Design’s the ‘Internet of Why?’

Goodnight Lamp

The internet of things, ubiquitous computing, wearables and context-awareness are just a few of the monikers being applied to the frontier where digital endeavour meets the physical world. Smart Design coined another term at its October 2014 event in London: the ‘Internet of Why?’. It feels closer than most to accurately describing the way connectivity, […]

October 21, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

A predictably better user experience

Microsoft Research has suggested a method to overcome the latency which can hamper the user experience of network-hosted services, such as connected Xbox games. The DeLorean approach relies on predicting user behaviour so that servers can calculate several possible future outcomes concurrently. By combining these predicted outcomes with bandwidth compression, the server delivers multiple possible […]

August 27, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

Close yet digitally unseen

Google Now recently gained the ability to search your email for hotel reservations and automatically suggest restaurants near where you are staying. Microsoft’s Cortana has integrated with Foursquare to do something similar. Both hold the promise of greater convenience enabled by digital technology. Indeed, I’m sure it won’t be long before both are capable of […]

July 30, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 3 comments

Failing to engage users through NFC, QR & SMS

An example of bad UX: poorly positioned call to action

What’s wrong in the photo above? To provide some context, it is a scene I encountered on a train journey in the UK, where there was an advertisement positioned on the wall facing my seat, accompanied by an ‘action point’ with an NFC tag, QR code and instructions on how to send an SMS to […]

May 23, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 3 comments

Trusting in the limited appeal of Google Glass

My name is Ivy Ross… I look forward to answering the seemingly simple, but truly audacious questions Glass poses: Can technology be something that frees us up and keeps us in the moment, rather than taking us out of it? Can it help us look up and out at the world around us, and the […]

May 16, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

Trusting & mocking the cars of the future

Google is taking journalists on test rides in its self-driving cars. It is a necessary step as it tries to shape public opinion in favour of a digital experience which requires far greater user trust than anything it has attempted previously. In a fascinating insight into the stages of building trust, this Reuters article records […]

May 14, 2014 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

Summary of the 12th MEX: sensory interfaces, context aware UX, new form factors & better user research


By Marek Pawlowski Mobile as the new old For me, this was the first MEX where ‘mobile’ – understood as a device alone – started to feel traditional and old. From the outset in 2005, the heart of the MEX community has always been in the mobile technology industry, but it feels like we’re evolving […]

March 28, 2013 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

MEX Sessions: Peter Whale on principles of context aware UX

Summary Peter Whale came to MEX in September 2012 with a deep understanding of the technology enablers for creating context aware experiences, but his talk also focused on translating these possibilities into 4 very human design principles. Building on knowledge gained leading product management at Qualcomm, Peter’s talk examines how sensors, chips and software is […]

March 8, 2013 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

MEX Sessions: Sabrina Majeed on context aware UX

Summary Sabrina Majeed came to MEX in September 2012 to share practical lessons for building context aware digital experiences. Using knowledge acquired during her time working on social TV start-up Miso, Majeed’s session explores different methods of understanding user context and, crucially, how to build a user experience which succeeds even when very little is […]

March 6, 2013 | By Marek Pawlowski | 0 comments

Sensor overload

I’ve just been speaking to the guys at InvenSense about some of the sensors that they’re working on. This prototype watch makes Nike’s fuelband look like a bangle. It monitors a finer level of motion and orientation along with ambient conditions like light and humidity. This means that devices can make better guesses about context […]

February 27, 2013 | By Andrew Muir Wood | 0 comments

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